Various members from the Knockanure / Duagh Community pictured in Knockanure, County Kerry on Wednesday when EirGrid, the operator of the national electricity grid awarded over €70,000 to community groups in North Kerry. Included in the picture are Mayor of Listowel Aoife Thornton and Derval O'Brien, EirGrid corporate and social responsibility manager.

EirGrid Awards over €70,000 to Community Groups in North Kerry

24 October 2018

EirGrid, the operator of the national electricity grid, has today awarded over €70,000 to community groups in North Kerry.

The €70,500 Knockanure Duagh Community Fund was established by EirGrid to benefit communities close to new electricity infrastructure that it has developed in the area.  The fund was launched in April following the completion of a new electricity substation and overhead lines in Kilmorna, North Kerry.

The fund is being distributed to 13 successful projects, comprising a wide range of local initiatives. They include the purchase of uilleann pipes and harps for Listowel Duagh Comhaltas; the construction of a community use walkway around the Duagh GAA pitch; and the establishment of a school and community garden at Scoil Chorp Chriost in Knockanure.

Speaking at an awards ceremony in Knockanure, Derval O’Brien, EirGrid corporate and social responsibility manager, said: “The fund recognises the importance of local communities to the work we carry out here in Kerry.”

Listowel Municipal District Cathaoirleach councillor Aoife Thornton also attended the ceremony.

The geographic boundary of the fund was a 3.5 kilometre radius from the new substation and incorporated the villages of Duagh and Knockanure.  All Public Participation Network (PPN) registered community groups within the fund radius were encouraged to apply.

EirGrid sought projects that demonstrate broad community benefit, with a particular focus on community educational initiatives and the provision or enhancement of community infrastructure and amenities

The fund was administered in partnership with Kerry County Council.

See full list of winners below:

  • Knockanure Development Association Ltd.: Installation of a Stira stairs.
  • Knockanure Development Association Ltd.: Line markings of existing car spaces and two disabled spaces
  • Duagh Defibrillator Group: Purchase of a defibrillator and training on its use 
  • St. Josephs Duagh Basketball Club: Basketball equipment for underage team
  • Listowel Duagh Comhaltas: Purchase of Uilleann Pipes and harps.
  • Duagh Tidy Towns: Finishing coat of plaster on the entrance wall to the Community/Sports Hall. Paint and plant ivy plants along base of wall.
  • Duagh Family & Community Centre Ltd.: Purchase laptops to be used for afterschool club and for planned outreach service in conjunction with National Learning Network.
  • Duagh Family & Community Centre Ltd.: Set up a sensory room with sensory products, toys, games for children with autism and special needs.
  • Knockanure National School Parents Association: Play therapist workshops, yoga classes, IT equipment
  • Knockanure GAA Club: Pitch Improvements
  • Duagh GAA (in association with Duagh NS & Duagh Family & Community Centre): Construction of a walkway around the pitch area for community wide use
  • Knockanure Rambling House: Install sound system in Knockanure Community Centre
  • Scoil Chorp Chríost/ Knockanure Community Garden/ Knockanure NS Parents Association: Establish a school/community garden that will involve the school community, parents, grandparents, the local Tidy Towns and local community.